Nuremberg Trial Explained in 17 Minutes

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The Nuremberg Trials saw the end of the regime that caused the holocaust and was the first time in history where an international court sentenced people to prison… and to death. It would later set the stage for the international court of justice, the universal declaration of human rights, and two Geneva Conventions.

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Extra reading & watching:

- The concentration camp movie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_trials#Overview_of_the_trial

- https://museums.nuernberg.de/memorium-nuremberg-trials/

- https://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/Nuremberg_trials.html

- https://www.famous-trials.com/nuremberg/1905-nuremberg-indictments#Schacht

- https://www.ushmm.org/learn

Germany started the second world war when it invaded Poland and eventually attacked over a dozen countries throughout the continent. But by 1943, the tide of war had turned: The Soviet Union had pushed back at Moscow, Sint Petersburg, and Stalingrad. While the British had beaten back the German air raids and pushed the Axis powers out of Africa.
So the leaders of the major allied powers came together to discuss the state of the world after the WW2 had ended. Stalin of the Soviet Union, Roosevelt of the USA, and Churchill of the United Kingdom discussed creating the United Nations, the D-Day invasion, and dividing Germany up into 4 occupation zones. Because Germany. Will. be. Divided. But that was not all. Over the course of World War 2, it became apparent to the Allied forces that Germany committed atrocities on a massive scale. The night raids, the forced deportations, the mass genocide. There was only 1 question on everybody’s minds: how do you punish acts so evil?